Why do we dread Mondays? Maybe we've just been trained that way. Shift perspective and be open to a new possibility that routine doesn't have to be your fate.
According to ancient times, some religions and cultures, Monday is not the first day of the week but the second proceeding the Sun. Yet in our modern times and western culture, Sunday is the last day, not the beginning. The day of the Sun is generally a day of rest, we awake leisurely, and stroll through the day hoping to soak it all in before the unwelcome Monday morning alarm wakes us for the start of another week. Come morning, the cheerful chipper we're suppose to have isn't so easy. We relate it to the anxiety of work, or call it Monday Blues, the depression day, but it flows deeper than that, for it is the day of the Moon.
Monday isn't calling us to be sad but rather reflective and to slow down, like the way the sun reflects light off the moon, and the moon gravitationally slows the earth down. Similar to the phases of the moon, there are waxing and waning degrees of lightness and darkness. Unlike the sun who radiates in all directions, the moon acts like a mirror to the sun, there is always a dark side of the moon, the wild unknown. The Wild Moon Muse intends to draw upon the energy of the moon to face Monday with renewed interest into what's beyond our shadows and stories so that we do not accept routine as our destiny. Take time to drink in the ambrosia of Mondays with the pleasure of the Gods, and regenerate your soul.
Sol (pronounced like the English word “soul”; Old Norse Sól, “Sun”) and Mani (pronounced “MAH-nee”; Old Norse Máni, “Moon”), are, as their names suggest, the divine animating forces of the sun and the moon, respectively.
Sol and Mani form a brother and sister pair. When they first emerged as the cosmos was being created, they didn’t know what their powers were or what their role was in the new world. Then the gods met together and created the different parts of the day and year and the phases of the moon so that Sol and Mani would know where they fit into the great scheme of things.
They ride through the sky on horse-drawn chariots. The horses who pull Mani’s chariot are never named, but Sol’s horses are apparently named Árvakr (“Early Riser”) and Alsviðr (“Swift”). They ride “swiftly” because they’re pursued through the sky by the wolves Skoll (“Mockery”) and Hati (“Hate”), who overtake them when the cosmos descends back into chaos during Ragnarok ( Twilight of the gods/Doomsday).
Imagine the sun and moon chariot across the sky chased by wolves, the shadows of mockery and hate, which is the darkness of self doubt. This is the tale of our lives, what are we being chased by today? What are we running from? Every Monday, invite contemplation and meditation into your daily ritual. Notice where you are, not where you need or rather be.
Monday is also called Somavāram in Sanskrit and modern Indian languages, and is associated with the god Soma or Chandra.
Soma was a fermented juice drink which was believed to have been consumed by the Hindu gods and their ancient priests, the brahmanas, during rituals. Thought to be an elixir its consumption not only healed illness but also brought great riches. Soma is personified by the god of the same name who is also the god of sacrifices and who may, in some texts, be associated with the Moon.
In mythology, the gods gained their immortality by drinking Soma and it was the favourite tipple of the great god Indra. They then gave the drink to the archer-god Gandharva for safe-keeping but one day Agni, the fire-god, stole it and gave it to the human race. Not only drunk by priests for its sacred nature it was also credited with uplifting qualities, giving the drinker a boost in energy and alertness. These effects meant that the drink has been considered divine since ancient times; a beverage which brought humans closer to the divine. It was also commonly offered in libations to the gods by worshippers.
The drink was personified as the god Soma who was considered primeval amongst the gods and a bringer of health and wealth; in many ways he is similar to the Greek and Roman gods of wine Dionysos and Bacchus while the drink is the equivalent of ambrosia in those traditions. In addition, Soma is regarded as the deity who supervises Hindu religious sacrifices and he represents the direction North-east. In the Puranas religious texts, Soma is described as riding a chariot with three wheels, which is drawn by a team of ten pure-white horses.
Quite possibly your Monday morning brew is on par with the ambrosia of the gods. As you sit and contemplate your week, enjoy the pleasure of every moment. The small treasures of your routine can also be what liberates one from the monotony of Mondays. When we can truly relish in the small details, we can feel alive and rich beyond all we that have.
For some traditions, Mondays are considered spirit days, where one makes small sacrifices, like fasting, meditating and surrendering their prayers to the gods. Meditation helps us to sacrifice what no longer serves us, and raises our capacity to feel what is worth living. When we are in a state of presence, we are open to receive Soma, the sweetness that pours down from the mind. When we invite the soft flow of stillness in we can experience the tides of our inner intelligence, which knows what is true for us rather than attaching to false beliefs. We can become intoxicated by this state of awareness, and like drinking wine it will loosen our inhibitions to let go of the drama. On this day surrender to your lunar impulses and let yourself move inward to witness what lies within. You may be surprised at how sweet it is on Mondays to let go, receive, and relax.
To practice soma mudra, bring your hands to your heart to generate your connection to your heart energy. Slowly draw open your right palm over your head to upon your crown and bring your left hand to rest upon the heart or extend outward as a gesture of offering. Touch the crown of your head for a moment to feel the energy of a blessing that you have received since you were born - a streaming of pure benevolence. Feel how the hand at the crown of the head activates the inner entrainment of brain waves with heart rhythm. Relax and become completely receptive as you feel the shift towards regeneration. The lunar nectar flows down from the inner moon at the crown of the head and down the inner brain, palate, and throat, and then pours into the heart. This stream of soma stimulates the healing hormonal flow of serotonin and oxytocin and a healthy cerebrospinal pulse. In this mudra, draw the lunar nectar down on the inhale and receive it with your left hand at your heart center.
Om Somayayai Namah - I bow to the essence of soma
Aham Soma - I am the essence of Soma or regenerating nectar
In our temple classes this week we will invite the Lunar qualities of regeneration into our yoga practice, as we wax towards the Full Moon on Sunday, March 12. Join us for a Soul Weaver Yoga Full Moon Circle at 2:00-4:00pm at Studio Breathe.
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